Hawks suffer loss away to Salford 

Substitute Nicke Kabamba made a difference for the Hawks in the second half Picture: Neil Marshall
Substitute Nicke Kabamba made a difference for the Hawks in the second half Picture: Neil Marshall
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TWO quick-fire goals midway through the first half set the Hawks on their way to a 3-0 National League defeat at Salford City.

Adam Rooney gave the hosts a 22nd-minute lead, despite a hint of offside.

And before the visitors could recover, substitute Dennis Politic extended the home side’s lead with a second.

The Hawks had the better of the second half, but Danny Whitehead sealed the win for the hosts with a great finish at the death.

Brian Stock sent a 25-yard shot over the top in the Hawks’ first attack.

The Ammies soon threatened, though, and keeper Ben Dudzinski did well to tip a Whitehead shot over the bar.

Soon afterwards the woodwork saved the visitors, with Nathan Pond sending his header against the post.

At the other end, Dan Strugnell sent a header just wide of the target from a Stock delivery.

But just when Lee Bradbury’s side looked more settled, they conceded twice inside a minute.

On 22 minutes ROONEY raced onto a long ball, with the visitors looking for an offside flag.

The striker kept his composure and easily tucked his shot past Dudzinski.

Then, seconds later, substitute Dennis POLITIC struck again for the home side.

Nicke Kabamba was sent on at the start of the second half and the striker almost made an immediate impact.

Jonah Ayunga did well on the right and his low cross was flicked over the top by the former Pompey front man.

Home keeper Chris Neal was then forced to punch away a shot from Ayunga, while Kabamba forced another save from the stopper as the Hawks upped the pressure.

Dudzinski did well to turn a deflected free-kick over the bar, but then had a lucky escape.

Danny Lloyd cut the ball back to Rooney after the keeper dropped the ball but the home forward missed the target.

Deep in stoppage-time, Whitehead scored with a great strike into the top corner to make the score 3-0.